Having days of preparation for the most important day of the year we have all the more reason to think about the reasons of following the Nazarene Jew Jeshua, Jesus Christ, and why such followers should unite to share the love of Christ. Already in his short public life Jeshua advised his pupils to check everything and to study thoroughly the rolls or Holy Scriptures. He told them they had seriously to think about what they read and what they heard.
When we are born, come to live in this world, we come to hear. Hearing words is that what brings us first to thoughts. We learn to associate the sounds with objects and letters and learn to read. As soon as we are able to read we come to hear through reading. From then onwards we have to make choices what we would like to “accept”. We can come to know more about the Divine Creator, reading and hearing about Him. It is up to each individual than to decide what to do with that information gathered.
We can come to accept that what we read and hear, and then we can come to “do” what God desires in the way we live using our individual abilities and opportunities to serve God and his son, our saviour every day.
Then soon will come the time of divine repayment with life in his kingdom on earth, for
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5).
Will you be there? You make the answer now!
“Hear … accept my words”
We “hear” by reading what God has caused to be written preserved and translated – the challenge to all of us is to read and then “accept” into our hearts what we read, so that they become a real influence on the principles by which we guide our lives.
Solomon writes (Proverbs 4)
“Let your heart hold fast my words”
– this is the vital next stage after we accept them. The first verse tells us that these are “a father’s instruction” on what the acceptance of his words should lead to – “Keep my commandments and live” (verse 4) “and whatever you get, get insight” (verse 7). We must develop inward vision so that we can reflect on what we have accepted, comparing scripture with scripture so that our understanding becomes increasingly greater.
After saying, “Get insight” Solomon adds,
“Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honour you, if you embrace her. She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown” (verses 8,9).
This poetic language has substantial literal meaning! Recall the thoughts we developed 2 days ago on “the eyes of our hearts”.
In our Luke 18 reading, Jesus makes the point that his followers must have the attitude of children – for when his disciples tried to stop adults bringing children too him “that he might touch them”, Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it” (verses 15-17).
As we read God’s word we must have a child-like attitude to “hear” and then “accept” (the) words” we read and then “we will have treasure in heaven” Jesus told a ruler, adding, “and come, follow me” (verses 18,22). The very last chapter in the Bible, the final message of Jesus, tells us that, when Jesus returns, this treasure will be revealed, for I will be “bringing my reward (or recompense) with me to repay everyone for what he has done” (Revelation 22:12).
So we start by hearing (through reading), then we “accept” and then we “do” what God desires in the way we live using our individual abilities and opportunities to serve God and his Son, our Saviour every day – and then the wonder of the time to come – which is getting ever closer – the time of divine repayment with life in his kingdom on earth, for “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). Will you be there? You make the answer now!
- Who Is He? (genesisone.wordpress.com)
For each of us the reality of Jesus Christ has to be a personal discovery revealed to us by God and leading to a personal relationship with Him. Although others may tell us about Him He can never be acquired second-hand for then He will not live within us. To know about Jesus is insufficient. We are called to, and given the opportunity of, knowing Him for ourselves. Then instead of passing on what others think we can give a personal verdict as Peter did.
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
- My chains are keeping me from you, writes Pastor Saeed to his son (christiantoday.com)
despite what you feel, He is always there with you
- What is wrong with you all? (minkyweasel.com)
Damn the thief, the liar, the cheat, the proud, the arrogant, the adulterer, the child molester, the paedophile, the slanderer, the fornicator, the wife beater, the fraudster, the false witness, the idolaters, the murderer, the dishonourable, those who covet and all who do such things. Now wait a minute, that means the whole of mankind should be condemned should it not for we all fall short in some way? Those who claim to be squeaky clean are disillusioned, no-one is perfect I keep getting told. I often wonder how we all manage to live in close proximity without some sort of friction. The fact is we don’t if we are being honest.
- Dig for Thursday the 5th of March…..this is for every born again believer…..2 Corinthians 5 v 17 (heilanword.wordpress.com)
the work of Jesus that is important in our lives, not our own efforts and self-righteous works.
- Listen: A New Relationship, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldier #75) (blackchristiannews.com)
The very instant we receive the Lord Jesus as our Saviour, we are joined to Him. We are made part of Him. Just as the branches are joined to the vine, so we are joined to the Lord Jesus.
Now, notice how the branch is in the Vine. This teaches us that we are IN CHRIST. We have already learned this great truth—that we are in Christ—but now we see that our union with Him is a living union. As the branch is joined to the living vine, so we are joined to the living Lord Jesus Christ.
We were not always in Christ. Before we became a child of God, we were in Adam. We were joined to him. We shared his life, and we had his nature in us. But when we were saved, God took us out of Adam and grafted us into Christ.